William Boyce

23 September 1824–11 September 1887 (Age 62)
Geneva, Ontario, New York, United States

The Life Summary of William

When William Boyce was born on 23 September 1824, in Geneva, Ontario, New York, United States, his father, George Boyes, was 29 and his mother, Ann Geldard, was 26. He married Phoebe Spiers on 8 March 1848, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Utah, United States in 1870. He died on 11 September 1887, in Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Murray Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Boyce
Phoebe Spiers
Marriage: 8 March 1848
Mary Ellen Boyce
Sarah Boyce
William Spiers Boyce
Ann Elizabeth Boyce
Emmeretta Boyce
Thomas Henry Boyce
George Alma Boyce
Erastus Moroni Boyce
Franklin Edward Boyce
Mary Emma Boyce

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 March 1848Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 1
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 3
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    Age 22
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English and Irish (mainly Donegal): of Norman origin, a habitational name from from one or more places in Normandy named with Old French bois ‘wood, grove’, especially Bois-Arnault and Bus-Saint-Rémy (Eure), and Bosc-le-Hard (Seine-Maritime), each of which is known to have given its name to an aristocratic Norman family in England. The name was taken by the Normans from England to Ireland, where it was also adopted to Anglicize Irish Ó Buadhaigh (see Bogue ).English: variant of Bush , influenced by Old French bois in 1 above, or else a translation of this term.Americanized form of French Bois .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    William Boyce History

    WILLIAM BOYCE HISTORY William Boyce was born September 23, 1824 in Canandaigua, New York. His parents were George and Ann Geldard Boyes. Little is known of his boyhood days but it is supposed that …

    Sources (115)

    • William Boise, "United States Census, 1870"
    • William in entry for Mary Ellen Byce, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
    • Wm Boyce, "United States Census, 1860"

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